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GAY MARRIAGE-WHAT'S NEXT
Since Supreme Court upended federal gay marriage ban, judges move to jettison state bans
Reported by: Associated Press
Wednesday, December 25, 2013 12:21 PM EST
SALT LAKE CITY
Advocates on both sides of the gay marriage debate predicted that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that overturned part of a federal gay marriage ban would create a pathway for states to act. They were right.
Judges in New Mexico, Ohio and, most surprisingly, conservative, Mormon-heavy Utah all ruled in favor of same-sex marriage in just the past week. Both Utah's case and another in Nevada will next be heard by federal appeals courts, putting them on the path toward the high court.
Ohio's case, which recognized same-sex death certificates, also will likely be appealed.